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Recording Starts on Alien: Covenant’s Score

Recording starts on Alien: Covenant’s score. While Sir Ridley Scott is busy editing Alien: Covenant and the effects companies are working on the visual effects, Jed Kurzel’s score for Alien: Covenant went in front of the microphones today. To celebrate the first day of recording the score,

To celebrate the first day of recording the score, Alien: Covenant’s music editor Tony Lewis shared these images from the studio.

“Alien: Covenant scoring day 1. Massive and scary as hell. Run.”

 Recording Starts on Alien: Covenant's Score

Recording starts on Alien: Covenant’s score.

Composing duties on Alien: Covenant are being filled by Jed Kurzel after Harry Gregson-William vacated the role. Kurzel hasn’t worked with Scott before but he did recently score Michael Fassbender’s Assassin’s Creed.

Alien: Covenant will be the fourth Ridley Scott movie that Tony Lewis has worked on, having most recently worked on The Martian.

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  1. shawsbaby
    There are two or three good tracks. The opening title I really like, Turn Hell Around and the soundscapes are nice, but on the whole it's a lot of whiny sounding violin and it grates. Hopefully it doesn't come back.

    Just finished listening to whole score again. It's ... boring. What a snoozefest. But I liked few tracks.


    It works great in the context of the film set against the scenes, but yeah on its own, it's redundant. I don't think the music for A:C will be similar.
  2. dlb
    really looking forward to the soundtrack! Macbeth is indeed a whole different animal, the score suits the movie very well as it is dialogue driven as you can guess from a Shakespeare adaptationand I am sure Kurzel is going for a different direction with Covenant.

    I would be thrilled to have bits and peaces of this oriental/norse/tribal sounding soundscapes paired with some sci-fi that harkens back to the original Alien score. Something that sounds a bit more like the Arrival soundtrack but cranked up a little and with faster pacing.

    I wasn't too impressed with the Prometheus soundtrack apart from some major and epic cues so I would love to have Covenant being a return to form. The Alien soundtracks have been rather amazing even resurrection was great!

    Assassin's Creed I yet have to give a listen to.
  3. Ingwar
    In Vangelis's Blade Runner each tracks work as a stand-alone form of music. You can pick one of them and enjoy its beauty because they sound absolutely different. I can listen to it/them everyday and I never get bored. It's so amazing. When I listen to Macbeth soundtrack everything is almost the same. I'm not saying it's bad music. It works for the movie but it sounds so ... homogenous. It's hard (I'm not saying it's totally impossible) to distinct something unique from it. It's not the same like enjoying Conan the Barbarian by Basil Poledouris. That's what I call a soundtrack with capital S! It's Epic.
  4. jdxmoore
    There are two or three good tracks. The opening title I really like, Turn Hell Around and the soundscapes are nice, but on the whole it's a lot of whiny sounding violin and it grates. Hopefully it doesn't come back.

    Just finished listening to whole score again. It's ... boring. What a snoozefest. But I liked few tracks.

    I see where you're coming from and agree to some extent but I think the score works well with that particular film i.e. choice of instrumentation, drones etc.  I think this composer has shown he is more than capable of producing a score that compliments the visuals and story.

    Hope we get to listen to some soon!
  5. SiL
    There are two or three good tracks. The opening title I really like, Turn Hell Around and the soundscapes are nice, but on the whole it's a lot of whiny sounding violin and it grates. Hopefully it doesn't come back.
  6. Ingwar
    His score for Macbeth was good for about ten minutes, but just sounded the same the whole friggin' way through and it just really annoyed me by the end.

    I had the same impression but I like Turn Hell Hound. Have to listen to the whole soundtrack once again.

    I wonder if they're going to use some parts from Jerry Goldsmith's score, especially the main theme. It would be cool. This theme for me is important part of Alien universe DNA.
  7. Evanus
    So I understand that Marc Streitenfeld did the score for Prometheus but Harry Gregson-Williams did two supplemental tracks.  He did "Life" and "We Were Right".

    I quite like the score for Prometheus, btw, it sounds haunting and mysterious which fits the film very well.  I'm a bit disappointed they didn't get Mark Streitenfeld back, as I like the theme for the Engineers particularly.
    I'm pretty sure that particular theme was written by Harry Gregson Williams. It's only in his two tracks. But I agree, I really like that theme too.

    That's not the one I was talking about, it's the music you first hear during the Engineer sacrifice scene.
    That's the music I was talking about as well.  ???
    You mean this music, right?


    No it start at about 0:50 seconds:



    It's like a low humming or chanting chorus sound.
    Ah, I see. That part is by Marc Streitenfeld, indeed. Sounds very haunting, I like it!
  8. Scorpio
    So I understand that Marc Streitenfeld did the score for Prometheus but Harry Gregson-Williams did two supplemental tracks.  He did "Life" and "We Were Right".

    I quite like the score for Prometheus, btw, it sounds haunting and mysterious which fits the film very well.  I'm a bit disappointed they didn't get Mark Streitenfeld back, as I like the theme for the Engineers particularly.
    I'm pretty sure that particular theme was written by Harry Gregson Williams. It's only in his two tracks. But I agree, I really like that theme too.

    That's not the one I was talking about, it's the music you first hear during the Engineer sacrifice scene.
    That's the music I was talking about as well.  ???
    You mean this music, right?


    No it start at about 0:50 seconds:



    It's like a low humming or chanting chorus sound.
  9. Evanus
    So I understand that Marc Streitenfeld did the score for Prometheus but Harry Gregson-Williams did two supplemental tracks.  He did "Life" and "We Were Right".

    I quite like the score for Prometheus, btw, it sounds haunting and mysterious which fits the film very well.  I'm a bit disappointed they didn't get Mark Streitenfeld back, as I like the theme for the Engineers particularly.
    I'm pretty sure that particular theme was written by Harry Gregson Williams. It's only in his two tracks. But I agree, I really like that theme too.

    That's not the one I was talking about, it's the music you first hear during the Engineer sacrifice scene.
    That's the music I was talking about as well.  ???
    You mean this music, right?
  10. Scorpio
    So I understand that Marc Streitenfeld did the score for Prometheus but Harry Gregson-Williams did two supplemental tracks.  He did "Life" and "We Were Right".

    I quite like the score for Prometheus, btw, it sounds haunting and mysterious which fits the film very well.  I'm a bit disappointed they didn't get Mark Streitenfeld back, as I like the theme for the Engineers particularly.
    I'm pretty sure that particular theme was written by Harry Gregson Williams. It's only in his two tracks. But I agree, I really like that theme too.

    That's not the one I was talking about, it's the music you first hear during the Engineer sacrifice scene.
  11. jdxmoore
    I love Life by HGW. It really captures the wonder of space and the big idea of Prometheus IMO.

    I hope we get a nod to this somewhere in the Covenant soundtrack. It'd be one small way of bridging from Prometheus and insuring some continuity.
  12. Evanus
    So I understand that Marc Streitenfeld did the score for Prometheus but Harry Gregson-Williams did two supplemental tracks.  He did "Life" and "We Were Right".

    I quite like the score for Prometheus, btw, it sounds haunting and mysterious which fits the film very well.  I'm a bit disappointed they didn't get Mark Streitenfeld back, as I like the theme for the Engineers particularly.
    I'm pretty sure that particular theme was written by Harry Gregson Williams. It's only in his two tracks. But I agree, I really like that theme too.
  13. Scorpio
    So I understand that Marc Streitenfeld did the score for Prometheus but Harry Gregson-Williams did two supplemental tracks.  He did "Life" and "We Were Right".

    I quite like the score for Prometheus, btw, it sounds haunting and mysterious which fits the film very well.  I'm a bit disappointed they didn't get Mark Streitenfeld back, as I like the theme for the Engineers particularly.
  14. Pvt. Himmel
    Good soundtrack now confirmed!!! :laugh: :D ;D

    I hope he ll finally compose some mysterious tunes for French horn
    like Harry did with his monumental track Life.



    P.S. They are recording in Air Studios in London
    http://www.airstudios.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/AIR-external-950x350.jpg
    http://elliott-randall.com/elzpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/hall-orchestra9.jpg
    http://www.airstudios.com/wp-content/gallery/lyndhurst-hall/air-hall-88r-rhs-1.jpg

    Hmm!!  Now who do we know that lives there within driving distance?? :)
  15. echobbase79

    He could've left because maybe the film he saw didn't work for him like he thought it would. Of course if he was well into writing the score like someone stated then that wouldn't make sense.
  16. Evanus
    I hope he uses Harry Gregson Williams's main theme from Prometheus at least once in Covenant. For when the crew is exploring the engineer citadel, for example. The rest should be new, original music though.

  17. BringbackJonesy!
    While I now merely look on these 'PROMETHEUS' movies as an 'alternate take' on the source material...I'd love the score to be truly nerve-shredding at certain moments this time around, just as Jerry Goldsmith's ALIEN music was.
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